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Co-curricular activity (CCA) is one of the university’s key functions aimed at developing students both academically and conceptually. We offer students right tools, skills, and knowledge to help them make the best possible career decisions. This generally enhances the students on many aspects ranging from expanding the students’ horizon, their skills on computers, their skills to participate talks, debates, and seminars. Through CCA, students will discover their interests and talents while developing values and competencies that will prepare them for a rapidly changing world. CCA also will promote friendships among students from diverse backgrounds as they learn, play, and grow together. Participation in CCA will foster social integration and deepens students’ sense of belonging, commitment, and sense of responsibility to school, community, and nation.
In addition to attending lectures, our fresh students will have opportunities to attend tutorials or tutoring programs. The tutorial is led by a senior or a top outstanding student. Fresh students will have the chances to learn more from other outstanding students, talk about points of interests from the lectures and the readings, get help from tutors in doing exercises or assignments.
At SIMAD, our students can participate in student exchange programs. Student exchange programs provide students with an opportunity to study one or two semesters local or overseas at our partner universities. SU exchange programs help give our students international exposure and internal encounters that will be helpful in their careers, a new and more sophisticated perspective on community issues, and to enhance their cross-cultural experience and knowledge, for example seeing how their profession is practiced in another country. After they return home from even one semester of exchange, students may be different than before and stick out from their peers due to their special experiences and skills. These programs also give students a chance to travel abroad while completing their degree.
For students to succeed in their courses, SIMAD University lecturers ensure that students know what is expected of them as well as the resources available. Lecturers provide students with constructive feedback that guides their efforts towards achievement. Course objectives and the specific learning outcomes inform decisions when designing/redesigning exams and other assignments.
As you move closer to graduation, you will be required to produce an extended, independent research project which culminates in an honors thesis. This important work will be undertaken with the guidance of a designated professor who is an expert in your chosen field of study. Students are fully supported by our approachable and friendly library and lab personnel while conducting their research in our libraries and other research facilities on campus.
Maybe you are a potential entrepreneur, and always thinking of having own business? IITE Institute is there for you. To ensure that our students and graduates receive practical entrepreneurship skills and contribute to the wider development of Somalia, SIMAD launched IITE Institute to serve as a hub for nurturing innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship education in Somalia. The institute provides project-based learning, workshops, and problem-solving case-study competitions to boost local innovation and creativity. It gives mentorship to ﬁnal-year students with entrepreneurship and technology education that prepares them for wage employment, freelancing, or start-up establishment, and trains Somali executives, middle managers, and frontline staff with certiﬁed training packages. The institute focuses on capacity building on a personal level, encourages and launches student-led startups, develops an innovation-driven entrepreneurship ecosystem in Somalia, and promotes student-lead business initiatives that address local challenges.
SIMAD University Libraries has extensive collections that cover a rich array of printed, digital and media. We also have a wide variety of electronic journals, videos, resources, books, and other educational materials in various languages: Arabic, Somali, and English. The library currently has over 50,000 different titles and growing. We have e-granary digital library in place which hosts:
Each campus has a library that provides easy access to learning resources including books, electronic journals, databases and more. There are also library workshops designed to help improve students research skills. Quiet study spaces including group study and private study are available and you can connect to our free Wi-Fi using our computer section.
High-speed Internet access is available across campus. Students can access global electronic journals, databases, and digital resources via a reliable fiber-optic lines and VSAT technology.
Our computer labs are available across our campuses to support and enrich the learning experience of our students. The extensive technology infrastructure and the wide range of technology support systems give students the opportunity to gain hands-on practice working with technology. Students, faculty, and staff are welcomed to drop in at any time during university’s working hours.
To create a culture of student startups, SIMAD University established IITE Institute, a fully-fledged innovation hub that incubates campus entrepreneurs. The institute has achieved great milestones within two years by producing 18 startups, accelerating 47 MSMEs, and training young 387 entrepreneurs.
Now, to scale up the reach and impact of the institute, SIMAD University has introduced SIMAD iLab to host IITE Institute. SIMAD iLab is a well-equipped coworking space that is dedicated to the Mogadishu innovation community. The iLab has a FabLab, the first digital fabrication space in Somalia; a coworking space; a conference room for startup competitions; napping room for enhancing productivity; and world-class seminar rooms.
As part to its commitment to create an environment that supports holistic wellbeing, SU mosque plays an integral part in enhancing wellness and promotes peace from within across our campuses. It is that special place where our students go for spiritual renewal and intellectual nourishment. Strategically located near the student center, the campus mosque has separate prayer halls for both brothers and sisters. It also serves as a great place where you meet new people or catch up with old friends.
SU has a diverse range of catering outlets across our campuses. Our cafes and restaurants, which are conveniently located right on campus offer food choices whether you want to grab something on the move or fancy to treat yourself for a more proper dining experience, rest assured that you will find something that meets your individual needs. Whether you crave a samosa, or you want to order your favorite spaghetti dish or you just want a cup of tea with cinnamon or cardamom, you will find something that whets your appetite. The university’s catering services ensures that students, faculty, and staff continue to receive best value for their money at pocket friendly prices.
SIMAD places student wellbeing at the center of its core services. We care about our students’ overall wellbeing by recognizing them not just as students but also as human beings with unique needs, challenges, goals, and emotions. Student wellness is holistic and we therefore consider all aspects of student life: physical, mental, and spiritual. They are involved in various sport activities and they can go to the mosques around campus for meditation, prayers and for spiritual reawakening. Our students are couched to ease their mental stress and develop their ability to adapt and effectively deal with academic and life challenges.
Through various activities and services, SU students lead a happy life and have the support that cultivates the confidence they need to realize their full potential. Our students work consistently on their life goals and have a sense of purpose in life. Throughout their academic career at SU, our students develop success skills of being resilient, independent, well-rounded, and balanced individuals.
As part of students’ wellbeing, the university provides health benefits plan to its undergraduate students. Students enrolled at SIMAD University will have an opportunity to receive medical discounts at Dr. Sumait Hospital. We promote a healthy environment for learning by offering quality health services to current students.
SIMAD University has been at the forefront of education in Somalia for twenty years, on various fronts; one of them is providing excellent medical education and healthcare services to the Somali people. The establishment of SIMAD University Dr. Sumait Hospital is meant to help fulﬁll both educational and healthcare necessities.
A medical school requires a well-equipped teaching hospital to train students during their clerkship and intern-ship years. Somali medical students are under profound travel restrictions, and so world-class medical education and training need to be conducted at home and will require teaching hospitals to produce highly qualiﬁed doctors to better serve the Somali community. Additionally, a well-equipped tertiary hospital can provide a comprehensive medical care for Somali patients, who are under heavy travel restrictions as well, and reduce need to travel abroad for medical treatment.
SIMAD University Culture Week is yet another exciting and truly education annual event which is held on campus. It is a weeklong full of activities that highlight the best of Somali poetry and literature. This is complemented by a series of panel discussions, traditional performances, and sport tournaments.
Knowledge transfer is one of the main objectives of SIMAD University, but we are also aware of the impact social activities outside the class room can have on our students. For this purpose, we organize sports events of various kinds to our students.
As part of its governance system, SIMAD University allows students to run their own affairs in a democratic manner. XAJSi is there to enhance every aspect of your time as a student – supporting your social life, your studies, your sporting activities, your hobbies and interests, and the causes you care about. You could also be elected as a Faculty Rep, or even as a Student President, to help drive improvements across the University. Taking part in student association and clubs for your course and Student Government (XAJSi) forums and discussions makes a real difference and helps build your CV.
In line with our commitment to providing thoughtful and impactful community services, SU Community Service Day aims to provide students with opportunities to reach out and make a difference in the local communities. Although SIMAD University is engaged tirelessly in community outreach daily, the Community Service Day is a special day in which we exhibit our ongoing care and compassion to people in our neighborhoods.